David Leon

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David Jeremy Leon
Born 1980 (age 34–35)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Residence London, England

David Jeremy Leon[1] (born 1980) is an English actor and director. As an actor, he is best known for appearing in photographer Rankin's directoral debut Lives of the Saints as Othello and Guy Ritchie's film RocknRolla. From 2011 to 2014, he co-starred with Brenda Blethyn in the ITV detective series Vera.[2] David has directed several short films Father, Man and Boy and Orthodox. He completed his first feature-length film, also called Orthodox, in 2015.


Leon, born 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where his mother (Ann J Brown)[3] was a secretary and his father (Anthony N Leon) [4] worked in a power station. He briefly played for Blackburn Rovers F.C..[5] He is a graduate of the National Youth Theatre. He is an avid Newcastle United fan. He currently resides in London.


Leon dropped out of drama school to shoot the film Alexander with Oliver Stone in Morocco.[2]

In 2006, he had a main role in the film These Foolish Things, which also starred Terence Stamp, Lauren Bacall, and Anjelica Huston. The film's lead actress was Zoe Tapper, who guest-starred in an episode of Cutting It.

In 2007 Leon played Billy the Kid in the acclaimed biopic for the BBC. He also starred in the Channel 4 drama in a lead role of Alfie Cartwright. The film entitled Clapham Junction was directed by Adrian Shergold. Also in 2007 David played Billy the Kid in the BBC's mini series The Wild West. In 2010 he played Jesus in Mark Haddon's play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse.

From 2011 to 2014 he played DS Joe Ashworth in the ITV detective series Vera alongside Brenda Blethyn.[6]

Leon's third short film as Writer/Director Orthodox was accepted into several international festivals including the 58th BFI London Film Festival. The feature length version of Orthodox was completed in 2015.[7]



  • 2009: Father (short) (co-director with Marcus McSweeney)
  • 2010: Man and Boy (short) (co-director with Marcus McSweeney) - Best narrative short, Tribeca Film Festival[8]
  • 2012: Orthodox (short)
  • 2015: Orthodox (feature)


  • 2009: Father (short)
  • 2010: Man and Boy (short)
  • 2012: Orthodox (short)
  • 2015: Orthodox (feature)




  1. ^ Birth Certificate at General Register Office. Retrieved May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Carnevale, Rob. "Vera - David Leon interview". indieLondon. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Findmypast.co.uk
  4. ^ Findmypast.co.uk
  5. ^ Emine Saner (April 27, 2011). "David Leon: A whole new ball game". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Wonfor, Sam (April 3, 2013). "TV star David Leon back home to flesh out impressive short film". The Journal (Newcastle). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Kemp, Stuart (March 19, 2013). "'Orthodox' Filmmaker David Leon Plans Feature Version Starring Stephen Graham". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Quinn, Ben (April 29, 2011). "Tribeca film festival: British film about paedophile suspect among winners: New York festival honours Man and Boy but top awards go to Swedish and Israeli directors". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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